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Roman iron ring with a capricorn intaglio, probably legionary

J51

£225.00

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An iron ring set with a red stone intaglio engraved with a figure of a capricorn. The capricorn was a popular legionary symbol and as soldiers were not permitted to wear gold rings, the combination of an iron ring and a good quality intaglio with this depiction implies it most probably belonged to a member of the Roman legions.

Culture
Roman, 1st or 2nd Century AD

Size
Intaglio: 1 x 0.7 cms; ring: 2.4 cms maximum diameter (not wearable)

Condition
The ring is heavily eroded with a some repair where the shank is thinnest, the intaglio is intact

Provenance
Ex. collection: K and D Mannion, Lincolnshire, UK

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